EA Games site hacked to steal Apple IDs

The attackers sought credentials and other personal information through a phishing scheme, researchers said

A phished Apple login site on EA.com.

A phished Apple login site on EA.com.

An Electronic Arts website was hacked in a phishing scheme aimed at the acquisition of Apple IDs and credit card numbers, security researchers reported Wednesday.

Security vulnerabilities in a calendar application are probably what enabled attackers to compromise an EA server and create a phishing site designed to look like an Apple login page, said researchers at Netcraft, a U.K.-based security services company, in a blog post.

The site looked legitimate. "My Apple ID" appeared at the top, underneath a toolbar with links to various Apple services such as iTunes and Apple's online store. The site asked people to sign in to verify their Apple ID, seeking their Apple ID and password. A second form then asked for the person's full name, credit card number, date of birth, phone number and other information. After submitting those details, people were directed to Apple's actual ID site, Netcraft said.

The security company alerted EA to the problem on Tuesday and it has since blocked access to the site, Netcraft said.

"We are making sure such attempts are no longer possible," an EA spokesman said.

EA did not say how many people, if any, were tricked into submitting their Apple IDs and other information on EA's site. EA is a large company that develops and publishes a range of video game titles, including "Madden NFL," "The Sims" and "Need for Speed."

The company is generally not associated with Apple, making it a curious candidate for hackers seeking Apple IDs. Through the attack, the hacker installed code on EA's server, Netcraft said, probably to view the contents of EA's calendar application as well as other source code and data.

The attacker may have used the calendar's vulnerabilities as an entryway to go deeper into EA's network. "The mere presence of old software can often provide sufficient incentive for a hacker to target one system over another, and to spend more time looking for additional vulnerabilities or trying to probe deeper into the internal network," Netcraft said.

EA's servers came under attack earlier this year under a separate attack targeting users of its Origin distribution software, the security company noted.

Netcraft did not say who might have been behind the attack, or what other data might have been accessed. It didn't immediately respond to requests for more information.

Zach Miners covers social networking, search and general technology news for IDG News Service. Follow Zach on Twitter at @zachminers. Zach's e-mail address is zach_miners@idg.com

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Internet-based applications and servicessecurityNetcraftdata breachscamsEA GamesIdentity fraud / theftinternetdata protectionprivacyApple

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Zach Miners

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?